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Growers donating peanut butter to Va. food banks

Thursday - 5/31/2012, 4:08am  ET

FRANKLIN, Va. - Virginia's peanut growers are donating more than 1,500 jars of peanut butter to the Federation of Virginia Food Banks.

The giving by the Virginia Peanut Growers Association and the Virginia Peanut Board is in response to Gov. Bob McDonnell's Food and Fund Drive. The governor is partnering with the Virginia Chamber of Commerce to provide food to all the state's regional food banks this summer.

Peanut butter is particularly coveted by food banks because it is high in protein and needs no refrigeration.

Dell Cotton of the Peanut Growers Association says he hopes the donation will encourage other agricultural groups, businesses and individuals to contribute to the drive.

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